29.12.15

WHY DO THE PEOPLE IMAGINE A VAIN TRAIN?

More in a throwback mode ... here's Reason's Matt Welch on the curious political economy of passenger trains.  "Pro-rail policy is often the explicit foe of individual liberty."

No.  Passenger trains are Good Things, worthy of conservation.  And consider, dear reader, how Mr Welch continues his case against using public moneys to improve passenger trains.  "A transportation approach that respected people's preferences more than trying to change their behavior would be much, much more oriented toward buses and road/highway construction/upkeep." As if there's no rent-seeking by the highway lobby?  As if Amtrak's trains aren't sold out all year?  As if Metra's scoots and dinkies aren't full even at weekends?

And where is the tax-funded airport, let alone a bus terminal (good luck finding one) with the grandeur of the main waiting room at Chicago's Union Station?


That room might be the Last Testament to the Glory and Power of The Pennsylvania Railroad.

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